How to Replace the Distributor Cap and Rotor

Mirage: 1989-2000 4g15 engines (3G, 4G, and 5G) and 1993-1996 4g93 engines (4G) have distributors

Service Intervals:

Spark Plugs - Every 30,000 miles
Spark Plug Wires - Every 60,000 miles or 5 years
Distributor Cap & Rotor - Every 60,000 miles or 5 years

Here's the interesting part. Replacing the distributor cap and rotor early isn't a bad idea. You should notice a boost of torque after replacing them. So I replaced them every 30,000 miles. It is up to you. These steps are the same for 90% of distributor caps out there. Some have clips instead of screws or bolts. Some older ones have points inside to replace. But this is good stuff to know.

Step 1 - Swap Spark Plug Wires and Remove Distributor Cap

Finished Product

Orientate the new distributor cap the same as the one on the car. Move the spark plug wires over to it one at a time so you don't forget where they go. Set the new cap on top of the engine so it is out of the way and do your best to keep the inside dust-free.

Next, Un-screw the two screws holding the distributor cap on. OEM caps have screws that stay in the cap, aftermarket caps have screws that will fall out (just an FYI.) Check the contact points and you should understand why replacing these parts helps.

This one is corroded and will cause poor spark

This one is extremely worn

Step 2 - Distributor Cap Removed - Removing The Rotor

Step 3 - Pull the Rotor straight off, noting which way the rotor is pointing

(check to make sure there isn't a screw in the middle holding it on)

Step 4 - Put the New Rotor Back On In The Same Orientation (screw it on if applicable)

Step 5 - Line Up The New Cap and Make Sure It Fits Freely (sometimes they will sell you the wrong parts)

Step 6 - Tighten Down The Distributor Screws and Re-Check All Spark Plug Wires

Take the car for a test drive and you are all finished!